Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway


Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway

For months the sun has burned down on Lila's Kenyan village. It is too hot to gather firewood, too hot to weed the garden, even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself. How Lila saves the village by telling the sky the saddest thing she knows is told in David Conway's elegant and spare prose style, which is complemented perfectly by Jude Daly's beautiful and poignant illustrations.

About the Author

David Conway

David Conway is an award-winning picture book author. He has been twice nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, in 2006 for The Most Important Gift of All, published by Gullane Children’s Books, and again in 2011 for Bedtime Hullabaloo! His other titles include Errol and His Extraordinary Nose, which featured on CBeebies Bedtime Hour, and The Secret to Teddy’s Happiness, both published by Gullane Children’s Books. David lives with his wife, two children and their cat, Bobby, in north London.

Roberta Angaramo has illustrated more than 30 children's books, including Dog in Boots, also published by Gullane Children's Books. She lives in Piedmont, Italy.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

8th October 2009



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